Increasing VAT is not the answer, says SLP

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Increasing VAT is not the answer, says SLP

STATEMENT – The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes that the President of the Civil Service Association, Ms Mary Isaac, has recommended that the Government of Saint Lucia increase the rate of VAT from 15 percent to 17 percent in order to deal with the fiscal crisis facing the country.

The SLP believes that Ms Isaac’s proposal has no consideration for the people of Saint Lucia. Ms. Isaac must confront the truth that the first step to correcting the fiscal deficit has to start with cutting back and controlling expenditure in the public service, and that the single highest item of expenditure is wages. Neither government nor the public service can deny that fact.

The Labour Party refuses to engage in the blame game, which is being played by opponents of the present government. The SLP knows what most other Saint Lucians know, that this situation has little to do with the last two and a half years.

Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony was forthright in his address to the nation on June 10, 2014 when he said: “For some time now, government has been spending much more than it collects in revenue. The result is that government has had to borrow more and more money to finance its operations. Unfortunately, more of government’s revenue has had to be directed towards paying salaries to public servants and repaying its debt…. So, the most important and urgent question we have to answer is how do we slow down the growth of public debt?”

Mary Isaac’s suggestion to increase VAT does not address this critical matter and therefore does not represent a solution to the problem.

The SLP believes that it is a fact that the fiscal problem which faces Saint Lucia is caused primarily by excessive expenditure on salaries and wages in the public service. Obviously Mary Isaac believes that the burden must fall on the people of the country to fix a problem that has been caused primarily by excessive expenditure in the public service.

Her position is that it is too much for the CSA members to accept what workers in hotels, in construction and other areas of employment have had to accept, in order to help the country avoid disaster and to avoid the need to retrench hundreds of public servants. Instead the CSA president believes that every Saint Lucian must be made to pay for the excesses of the public service.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not believe that increasing VAT is the solution to our fiscal challenges. It is unfair to impose additional taxation on the people of Saint Lucia when they have had to bear the burden of adjustments to the economy. Over the past few months, some workers have had to accept wage freezes and retrenchment as companies seek to deal with their individual challenges.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party urges Mary Isaac to put aside her inflexible attitude to the government and its prime minister and put the interests of the country and its people first and foremost.

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  2. Ignorant st.lucians again making generalisations. There are so many hard working public servants, who go beyond their duties, yet still everyone of them is categorised as useless. Maybe they need to stop work for a few days and see how long we can live without their services, that is with no one going in to handle their duties. Then we will surely see how useless they are. If we can survive without the services, then bravo, you found the solution. And I mean every public officer, nurses, police, teachers, civil servants, customs officers etc. As far as I am aware sites not related to an officers job cannot be accessed from work pc's.

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  3. Everybody should pay. Bus drivers farmers .ass politicians. All the retired consultants. Who retired their jobs and was hired by this government job for the boys. Fire their asses

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  4. 3:16 you don't make any sense. You're acting like you so great. The same way you have student loans civil servants have loans too. Mortgage etc. It's all those educated fools that can only work by the books with no common sense that have the country where it is

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  5. When we in St. Lucia talk about VAT one would think that the government did the worst thing ever. Ask these same people who complain about VAT, if they were to travel to England whether they would complain there too or would they buy the goods and keep their mouth close? They would willing pay it to that country but not to their own. I have included a link from Her Majesty Revenue and Customs. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/forms-rates/rates/rate-increase.htm

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  6. Tell me johnhow would u function when u dont get ur supplies on time dont get appreciated for ur work after u work damn hard everyday only to get replaced by some politiciam friend. Listen if this statement comes out of ur job its not civil servants fault its urs. I say lets all share the sacrifice

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    • I eh want to sacrifice for no lazy ass civil servant. I work too damn hard to get where I am. I got no political favours. I take snow, ice and hail. I take racist insults. I barely had enough to eat while I went to school. I still have student loan paying. Now you asking me to sacrifice for den lazy ass people. No for keen way. Fire der ass.

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  7. Funny how some of you want to support cutting salaries yet you are the same ones always asking public servants for a ride. Also it's your kids who always begging teachers for money and lunch. Funny, it is mostly public servants who buy from your stores.

    I am willing to pay vat on my electricity or water bill. Not a problem. I am making the sacrifice for my country. I stand in solidarity with public servants.

    Only the labour hacks and the ones who are easily brainwashed fall for kenny's story. I don't!

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    • You're a jackass to stand in line with lazy unproductive people. WE are not saying all civil servants are useless. The vast majority of teachers work very hard and spend their own money to take care of other's kids and to buy resources. You know why the schools don't have enough resources. Because government have to be paying salaries to those useless piles of dirt that sit in the ministries and do nothing. Those nurses and their stink attitudes have to get paid too. Those damn useless permanent secretaries. That's why. Too much money being spent on those who contribute nothing.

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  8. Obviously the same idiots that want public servants to take a five percent pay cut are the same ones who are afraid of added VAT! Why don't they want to share the burden? If the public sector wages are the problem, why were so many top jobs created in the public service? Every added extra cent counts, so nonsense when they say its only a minimal percentage. My salary is budgeted to every last cent, so what do I do when they take five percent? Do the people who support the five percent ever think of the thousands of public officers like me? It is just so upsetting to think that only one set of people must be the ones to sacrifice, they are already the same people paying the most vat, property tax, income tax. Where is the fairness in all of this!!!!?!

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  9. This Jadia is really getting on my nerves - really. I am so disgusted at the sight of this woman...I COULD NEVER VOTE SLP AGAIN, JUST BECAUSE OF HER.

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  10. Mary Isaac is being paid and was voted by civil servants to do the her job. Mary Isaac did not cause the excessive expenditure on salaries and wages.It's caused by governments hiring their friends and families and paying them huge salaries as consultants and sending them to the different embassies. Why is only civil servants that have to pay for government mismanagement. It has to start from the top. Can a civil servants 5% compare to a ministers 5%. Civil servants are getting a raw deal.

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  11. Typical. Always the same. Some of us just refuse to see that corruption has landed us in this situation but yet still we place it on the ordinary people salaries. Ordinary citizens please we all know why we in this situation and what is needed is for us to make our leaders accountable and force them to act more responsible with our tax dollars

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  12. That's the thing..When they in opposition they have all the answers to the country's crises; once they get into office they suddenly turn deaf and dumb. Chebey wed tan!

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  13. If the largest expenditure is public service salaries then it's time for retrenchment!!! Something needs to be done immediately and I believe this is the best solution.... If you are a civil servant and you have been doing a good job then you should have no fear. If you haven't been performing well then you'll be the loudest to cry foul.

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    • You will surprised is the good hard-working ones that will be picked on while on the lazy ones stay

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  14. And its good for the Public Servants???? If its a national sacrifice let us make it one. All of us.
    Kenny needs to admit that vat has not worked. The same way they cannot collect corporate tax they cannot collect vat.
    Kenny needs to go, he cannot run the country

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  15. Mary Isaac with her stupid proposal is just trying to get people to turn against her and her union. There are 9000 civil servants. There are 180,000 St. Lucians. The 171,000 St. Lucias know that 70% of those civil servants are lazy and unproductive. Yes there are good ones but those are rare. To try to hold the entire country ransom for some lazy ass civil servants is pure madness on Isaac's part. Cut the damn civil service already. I can hardly take a second from my job to even breath. I get 15 minutes to have lunch. Work I have in my ass so. Saturdays I have to go to work when demanded. No overtime. Why should a lazy ass civil servant make as much as I do. They spend 7 out of their 8 hour work day doing nothing. Fire dey ass. After civil servants bus drivers next. Lazy ass bastards do nothing for most of the day. They sit and relax on their buses and expect to live the lifestyle of someone WORKING 8 hours a day. Bullshit. This fucking country is filled with mad people to think that they should get rewarded for sitting their asses doing nothing. Pure madness.

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    • So you're blaming civil servants because you have it hard at your job? Whose fault is it? Cut the civil service? I hope your employer eh cut you because you sound lazy to me.

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      • No jackass! stop making excuses for those damn lazy civil servants. I have no problem working hard and getting compensated for my hard work. That is why I do it. I have a problem when people sit on their ass and do nothing and expect to get compensated in the same manner with those who get off their ass and work hard. We have a serious problem in this country where people don't equate hard work with progress. Why do you feel we have so many thieves around the place? Because they don't want to get off their damn lazy asses and work. Why do we have so many beggars on the side of the road. Same damn mentality with the civil servants. They expect money with no work. Fire dey ass. As much as I don't like those politicians and their stupid policies those civil servants are LAZY. You can cut half the service now and get the same results. Guaranteed.

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        • Touched a sensitive spot. Give a few examples of a job someone could invest into that would survive in this economic crisis or a job that is available. I am not condoning be a thief as an option. There are no jobs.

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